Handling the Trials of Life

Text: James 1:2-4

“When You Encounter Various Trials”

  • These trials are different than the temptations mentioned later (James 1:13-15)
  • James says, “when,” not “if” — this is a certainty

“Consider it All Joy”

  • Not a natural reaction — this is why James had to tell them to do this
  • Suffering has benefits — endurance (James 1:4), produces an eternal weight of glory (2 Corinthians 4:16-17), power is perfected in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

“Testing of Your Faith”

  • The faith of the Christian gives him an advantage over the one without faith — both will suffer, but by faith we know we have something to look forward to (Hebrews 11:13-16)
  • Testing of our faith can come in various forms — persecution, temptation to sin, common trials

“Produces Endurance”

  • Makes us stronger — strength is an essential trait of a Christian (Ephesians 6:10)
  • Faith is a life-long commitment (Revelation 2:10; Matthew 24:13) — requires endurance (Hebrews 12:1)

“Let Endurance Have its Perfect Result”

  • Faithful obedience — examples of the faithful in Hebrews 11
  • Christlikeness (Galatians 2:20; 1 Peter 2:21-24)
  • Wisdom (James 1:5)
  • Ultimately, heaven (Matthew 24:13)

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